Kuranda Scenic Railway gives eclipse viewers high hope
Kuranda Scenic Railway is planning a special train to watch the total solar eclipse from one of the viewing platforms en route.
"An experience of a lifetime for avid eclipse enthusiasts," was how Queensland Rail FNQ area manager Robert McCartney described the journey.
The $199 per person trip leaves Cairns at 5am on November 14.
The train will stop for an hour at the Red Bluff viewing location to watch the total eclipse of the sun and stop at Barron Falls before arriving in Kuranda for a barbecue breakfast about 7.45am.
Return to Cairns will be either by train or on Skyrail.
Meanwhile, Skyrail executives say they are still weighing up whether to do a special cableway run to coincide with the eclipse.
Skyrail general manager Stan Kielbaska told The Cairns Post that they were prepared to do an early morning trip if the demand was there.
"We did have lots of inquiries early on but none of them have made bookings," he said.
One of the problems faced by tour organisers was transporting groups around the region on the morning of the eclipse.
"I believe that all the coach companies are very heavily booked and there is a concern about people being able to move around from place to place," Mr Kielbaska said.
He said if Skyrail did decide to do an eclipse special there would be a capacity of about 136 and it would only be available to groups of 30 or more, booked in advance.
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Eclipse viewer: Kuranda Scenic Railway.